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The LGiU blog features articles, comment and think pieces from the team and network of guest contributors.

Local elections 2014: Help us tell the story


The LGiU and our guest contributors will be live blogging during the 2014 Local Elections on 22 May and throughout the counts the next day. Sign up to become a Count Correspondent and help us tell the story or register for our email alerts.

Ten things council policy teams want to do better

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Communicating policy and performance externally Impact analysis Sharing knowledge with partners Advanced statistical work Incorporating user voice in policy or analysis Networking with policy staff at nearby authorities Evidence based policy Options analysis Performance management Communicating policy and performance internally …

LGiU & CITB launch national series of Construction Summits


LGiU and CITB, the Industry Training Board for the UK construction sector, have launched a national series of Construction Summits to explore how local government can best support the sector in order to deliver local economic growth.

The kindness of strangers


I suppose most of us want to look forward to an old age of good health, ticking things off the bucket list and perhaps indulging some eccentricities and before quietly slipping off to the last adventure. But for most of …

Synaptic public services

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What’s next for localism? Jonathan Carr-West spells out a vision for synaptic public services, where councils shift from doing things to making things happen.

The 2014 CfPS local government Annual Survey is now open for responses.

The Centre for Public Scrutiny’s annual survey takes a comprehensive look at the operation of overview and scrutiny in local government. Since 2004, CfPS has tracked some of the significant trends in the operation of the function in councils up and …

Budget 2014: Comment from Dr Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive of LGiU


In response to today’s Budget, Dr Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive of LGiU, said: “A penny off a pint, fuel duty rises cancelled and bingo duty halved. As widely predicted, George Osborne’s fifth budget contained lots of popular measures. It was …

How do you do policy?

As part of developing ideas with our new policy network, we want to know what makes a great policy team tick.  Where do good policy teams sit inside the organisation? What functions do they include? How do they share knowledge and …

Policy works: does form follow function?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about form and function in local government. For communications, for engagement, for policy. Hopefully you’ve seen news of our new policy network.  We want to know what makes a great policy team tick.  Where …

More than just houses, we need to build places that people want to live in


It was encouraging to see housing taking such a prominent place in political debate recently, when Ed Miliband announced Labour’s plans to build new towns and garden cities to help meet our housing need. After years of being overlooked, the …

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